Apple has announced that it is dropping its iTunes Allowance feature, which allowed users to limit the amount of money that could be spent by their kids (or themselves!) on iTunes games, apps, movies and music.
While one of iTunes’ lesser-known features, iTunes Allowance had been around since at least 2010. It will come to an end on 25 May, with all existing allowances cancelled on that date. Yesterday marked the last day users were able to create a new iTunes Allowance.
“After May 25, any unused allowance credit will remain in the recipient’s account until it’s used,” Apple writes. In place of iTunes Allowance, it suggests that iTunes purchases made by families can be managed using Family Sharing, a feature Apple introduced in 2013 with iOS 8.
Family Sharing lets up to six people share movies, music, TV shows, books and apps purchased from iTunes, iBooks and the App Store. It also offers other useful features, such as photo and calendar sharing.
Apple notes that users who want to send gifts to family and friends can do so using iTunes Gifts.